It used to be one of the best photo opportunities in Bath’s historic Circus – maybe Britain’s first roundabout and certainly the most impressive Georgian residential development in the city.
There used to be a bench – perched on the edge of the circular lawn with its five giant London Plane trees – and looking down Gay Street. Seat your partner upon it, then get behind and take a shot looking down the hill.
Then suddenly – it wasn’t there. Turns out repeating, late night rowdy behaviour – around said seat – was too much for the local residents association who asked B&NES to take it away.
Now Bath Newseum has been approached to find out what happened to the seat. Seems it had been donated and even had a memorial plaque upon it.
I had heard a whisper the Council’s Parks Department had taken it to Victoria Park and put in a call to the Guildhall.
Confirmation came today with the following official comment:
“Yes, I can confirm the bench was relocated to the play area in Royal Victoria Park. This was following consultation with the Circus Residents Association.”